The Government of Nepal has invoked the Infectious Disease Act 1964 to battle coronavirus, including through enforcing quarantine. The Legislation Management Committee of the National Assembly has announced that it will conduct post-legislative scrutiny of the 57-year old law as part of its role to scrutinise government.
WFD works to strengthen the UK-Nepal democratic and parliamentary relationship by sharing knowledge and best practices and exchanging experiences through bilateral as well as regional forums. WFD encourages and supports peer-to-peer learning between parliaments, MPs, and parliamentary staff, as well as one-on-one mentoring, meetings, national workshops, regional seminars, and international conferences. This work benefits and strengthens the functioning of parliamentary practitioners. WFD supports Nepal in implementing the reforms promised under the Nepalese Constitution, including the devolution process. These reforms are intended to bring about better services for citizens, a more equal distribution of resources among the regions, greater levels of gender equality, and the inclusion of all Nepalis and their representatives in decision-making processes.
Nepal brought its consitition into effect in September 2015, fulfilling a decades-old wish of many Nepali people to write a statue through their elected representatives. The constitution, for the first time in Nepal’s history, brings together seven provinces in a federation and promises more robust social justice by, among other things, ensuring greater representation of previously underrepresented groups and sections of society in the political process. An elected bicameral parliament and a government with strong majority are in place, providing the country with some stability after a prolonged period of uncertainty and political upheaval. WFD shares the Government of Nepal’s vision of “Sambriddha Nepal, Sukhi Nepali” (“Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali”) and believes that this vision can be materialised making parliament more effective and accountable in implementing the reforms embedded in the constitution.
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In Nepal, MPs staying at home during the coronavirus lockdown go online to talk and learn about legislative process, customising social media presence and online security.